Data Breach Incidents More Than Double, but Record Exposure Declines

The Open Security Foundation reports that while the number of global data breaches in 2012 more than doubled over 2011, the actual number of records exposed went down significantly. In fact, over half of the data records were exposed by employees of one company, the Chinese unit of Dun & Bradstreet, who sold them for money. The most prevalent type of data breached was access data like user IDs, passwords, and emails.

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Data breach incidents more than double, but record exposure declines